WNr. 170050, Lt. Heinz-Günther Lück, 1./JG 1, Bad Lippspringe, Germany, April 1944
Lt. Heinz-Günther Lück flew with JG 1 during his whole combat career. He was credited with five kills in
total, all of them four-engined B-17s. On April 9, 1944
his Fw 190A-8 „white 14“ was hit in the engine by the
defense fire while he was attacking the formation of
the American bombers and Lt. Heinz-Günther Lück
was forced to perform an emergency landing on the
island of Ørø near Stokkeby. His wingman in „white 3“
landed alongside. Lück was wounded when his head
hit the instrument panel and was treated for the
resulting concussion at the hospital in Erøskøbing.
In the following days the aircraft was dismantled
and transported away. Lt. Heinz-Günther Lück was
re-patriated back to Germany and to his unit
JG 1 where he fought until the end of hostilities.
WNr. 733700, Uffz. Günther Pape, 3./JGr. 10, Jüterbog, Germany, November 1944
The aircraft flying with 3./JGr 10 were equipped with
the 210 mm diameter rocket launchers installed on
the bottom of the fuselage. This rear-firing device
was used for attacking the formations of the American bombers. During September and October 3./JGr
10 suffered heavy losses inflicted by the American
escort fighters and the unit had to withdraw for the
scheduled rest and replenishment. „Black 6“ does not
feature the rocket launcher which could be removed
at any time. „Black 6“ was decorated by the yellow
snake with red head and red outlined back painted
on both sides of the fuselage. On April 5, 1945 Uffz.
Günther Pape was shot down and killed over Thüringen in the duel with P-47 piloted by Lt. L. Dean from
393rd FS/367th FG. On November 8, 1997 his remains
were found and Günther Pape was burried in Hotzelrod at Eisenach.
WNr. 732217, Uffz. Heinz Birk, 12./JG 5, Herdla, Norway, February 1945
Since summer 1944 Uffz. Heinz Birk flew with 7./JG 5
and 10./JG 5. In the fall of 1944 he was transferred
to 12./JG 5 where he flew Fw 190A-8 „blue 5“ WNr.
732217. Operating out of Herdla airport in Norway JG 5
fought against Soviet VVS and RAF. The photographs
dated from February 1945 capture the „blue 5“ with
twelve kill markings on the rudder. Eleven of them
are painted with red stars and one with English cocade. Uffz. Heinz Birk survived the war.